I was born on January 11, 2000 at the Coulston Foundation laboratory, a now-defunct laboratory in Alamogordo, NM, to mother Ethyl and father Doug.
Although most chimpanzees born at the lab are taken from their mothers and raised by humans in the nursery, I was raised by my mom. Save the Chimps took over the Coulston Foundation in 2002, and rescued the 266 chimpanzees residing there. At that time, I was still riding my mother’s back as all infants do.
My mom was a beautiful and high-ranking female, and an excellent mother. She protected me, doted on me and loved me unconditionally. We made a nest together every night until the day she passed away from old age in 2009. Luckily, we were integral members of Bobby’s family by then and the group’s support lessened the loss for me.
I inherited my mom’s good looks and high rank. Over time I became the alpha male of Bobby’s family as Bobby stepped into the second highest ranking position without argument. I am a typical teenager with a lot of bravado. I love to announce my presence with energetic displays and lots of noise. I am very smart and often discover new and inventive ways to use enrichment devices.